Jordan population reaches 9.5 million

Four million refugees make up 30% of population

11 January, 11:31

    (ANSAmed) - AMMAN, JANUARY 11 - Out of the kingdom's total 9.5 million population, Jordan is hosting up to four million refugees, mainly from war torn countries in Middle East and North Africa, a recent national census showed today.

    Preliminary results of the national census that concluded late 2015, showed that refugees and guest workers make up to 30.6% of the total population, with Syrian refugees coming first after reaching 1.2 million.

    Majority of foreigners live in the capital, where the local population has jumped from 1.9 million in 2004 to four million, showed results of the census as published by the Arabic daily al Rai newspaper. Official results are expected to be announced in February, said the paper quoting government sources.

    Iraqis come second in numbers, mounting to 130,000, while Palestinians mount to 634,000, including Gazans who have been living in the kingdom since 1967. Other Arab nationals that flocked to Jordan include Egyptian workers who are around 390,000 as well as Libyans and Yemenis escaping civil war in their respective countries. (ANSAmed).

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